Two planes collide at Jakarta airport

  • 05/04/2016
(Twitter / ANN)
(Twitter / ANN)

Two planes have collided on a runway at a city airport in the Indonesian capital, forcing passengers to evacuate using inflatable ramps.


No casualties were reported after the incident late on Monday, according to a statement from the transportation ministry.

There were reportedly 49 passengers and 7 crew on board.

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Batik Air, the full-service arm of one of Asia's biggest airline operators Lion Air Group, was attempting to take off from Halim Perdanakusuma airport when its wing clipped the tail of a smaller plane being towed off the runway.

"All passengers and crew were safely evacuated," the transportation ministry said in a statement, adding the airport, which services mainly domestic flights, would be closed until further notice.

TV images showed the wing of the Batik Air aircraft in flames as fire trucks and ambulances gathered on the runway.